Archive for the ‘Detroit Film Theatre’ Category

Ancient Images

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

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The newest technologies of movies, such as 3-D and special digital effects, make it easy to forget that the projection of moving images began more than 100 years ago. The Detroit Film Theatre and the Michigan Theater recently transported their audiences back to the early days of cinema, with movies released before World War I.

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Powerful Illusion

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

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For many years, my Christmas video watching included the 1937 French World War I drama Grand Illusion, which was directed by Jean Renoir. Towards its end, there is a poignant Christmas Eve scene that, for me, always added another dimension to the peaceful message and communal feeling of the season.

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A Universal Picture

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

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The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of one of the most famous studios in Hollywood history—Universal Pictures. This past month, the Detroit Movie Palaces screened some of the most important movies in Universal’s history.

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French National Cinema

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

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Among the benefits of visiting the Detroit Film Theatre and the Michigan Theater are the new things that you learn about other countries. You can see how they differ from the United States in their language, geography, food, politics, and other areas.

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Classic Film Fest

Monday, July 16th, 2012

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A midsummer weekend turned into a cinematic journey through different eras, genres, and techniques when I visited the latest screenings in four classic movie programs on July 13, 14, and 15, 2012.

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A Second Look

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

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As the French Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar came to its poignant and heart-stirring conclusion on May 10, 2012 at the Michigan Theater, I felt glad that I was seeing it as the K-12 school year neared its end.

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Renewal

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

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The 85th birthday is approaching for the Redford Theatre, the Michigan Theater, and the auditorium of the Detroit Institute of Arts that hosts the Detroit Film Theatre. All three theaters have taken on ambitious renewal projects that will make them more user-friendly, a term that probably wasn’t used when the buildings opened in 1927 and 1928.

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Immortality

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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The people involved in making films often achieve a kind of immortality. That is especially true for French director Jean Vigo, whose last feature film, L’Atalante, was screened at the Detroit Film Theatre on March 10, 2012 as part of the DFT 101 series.

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Works of Art

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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Some film writers have said that motion pictures are paintings of time. After seeing The Mill and the Cross at the Detroit Film Theatre on January 28, 2012, I wondered if a major challenge of painting is to know how to stop time and capture the image of a moment.

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Classic Cinema 2011

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

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Many movie buffs consider 1939 to be Hollywood’s greatest year, with releases like Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, and Wizard of Oz. But 1940 wasn’t too bad either, and in 2011, visitors to the Detroit Movie Palaces enjoyed some of the highlights of that release year.

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